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    5 Team Members set for 2nd Stage Q-School

    Big congrats to the five QED Style Team Members who advanced through First Stage Q-School qualifying! Unfortunately, for most of the nearly 1,000 competitors there were simply Too Many Fives, but for those who kept their nerves in check, more challenges await.

    The path to the Tour is a virtual minefield of obstacles. The process starts with Pre-qualifiying where 430 men play in one of six events. From those tournaments, 268 players (62%) made it into 1st Stage Qualifying. For those who get through Pre-Qualifying, life does not get easier as they will be faced with a whole new group of competitors who were exempt from Pre-qualifying. Included in the the 1st Stage field will be players with years of competitive experience who may have even played in a few PGA Tour events. It is then not surprising that only about 70 of the 430 Pre-Qualifier entrants will make it through to 2nd Stage.

    1st Stage Q-School is the starting point for golfers who have enough Tour Status to exempt them from Pre-Qualifying but not enough to exempt them into 2nd Stage. Spread over the course of the month of October, 1st Stage qualifying is held in 12 different locations. Like 1st stage, golfers will need to finish approximately top 30 to move on (exact cut lines are determined by the number of participants and strength of the field).

    We are proud of all of our team members who participated in these early stages and want to congratulate the five team members who will be competing in the 2nd Stage of Q-School. While winning 1st Stage does not come with any specific prize, high finishes do give the competitors preference in 2nd Stage locations. This means that both Zahkai Brown, T9 and Clay Ogden, T16 will likely get their top location choice.

    In addition to Clay and Zahkai, Team QED Style will be represented by TourQuest members Mark Baker, KC Lim, Chris Gilman and Paul Imondi. Team TourQuest has spent the past year traveling the country competing in PGA Monday Qualifiers as preparation for the Q-School. That preparation seems to be paying off as each guy showed a ton of grit during 1st stage Qualifying. Most notable is Paul Imondi, who needed every stoke of his final round 65 to get through his 1st Stage.

    Mark Baker wearing Silver Logan Polo


    Joining these 5 men will be Andy Pope, who was exempt from the 1st Stage due to his top 100 finish on the money list. Andy will be looking to repeat his great run through 2013 Qualifying. Last year, Andy finished T11 and played in all the events.

    2nd Stage Q-School begins November 11th, 2014. There will be 6 different locations that conclude on November 21st. For those who make the 2nd Stage cut, Final Stage and a Tour Card will await them.

    QED Style Wins Buyers Choice Award

    QED Style returned from the Las Vegas PGA Fashion Show with trophy in hand. QED Style received the 2014 Top Buyer's Choice Award, an honor determined by the most prestigious merchandise buyers in America. QED Style was the favorite among shops such as The Riviera Country Club, Desert Mountain Golf Club, Troon Golf Corporation and Pebble Beach.

    "We are honored that QED Style was recognized by people who are leaders in the industry and see the finest golf apparel on a daily basis" said QED Style Founder Mike McRae. "I think the award demonstrates that we are on the right track and that people are ready for QED Style."

    In addition to receiving this award, Mike McRae was a featured guest on the designer's panel hosted by Golf Threads Editor Greg Monteforte. Over the course of the hour, Mike and representatives from J. Lindeberg and Sligo discussed topics ranging from fashion trends to modern fits and fabrics.

    "We want to send our thanks to Greg Monteforte and the Association of Golf Merchandisers for having us take part in the Men's Fashion Panel at the Las Vegas PGA Expo. Men's golf fashion is clearly speeding up, and it's an exciting time to be a part of the industry"

    Mike McRae

    The PGA Fashion and Demo Experience brought together top apparel brands, allowing buyers an opportunity to see the latest in golf fashion. Over the course of the two days, QED Style spoke with buyers from across the U.S., Candada, Asia and Europe.  Many remarked on our clever detailing, elegant yet simple designs and our premium fabrics. Whether it was the snaps on the Logan Polo, one-of-a-kind design of the Uinta, or durability of the Park City shorts, buyers were clearly intrigued with what they saw.

    "I love how each Logan Polo has a snap that is specific to the shirt's color. This way you can carry multiple colors of the same shirt but still maintain a variety of selection," noted one buyer.

    Creating small but distinctive features in our polos has always been a priority for Mike. In the case of the Logan, we offer 7 different colors that each have their own personal and distinctive detailing. For example, the Midnight Logan Polo has a marble snap while the White Logan has wood snap.

    Beyond the polos and trousers, QED Style showcased the new line of handcrafted belt buckles and cuffs. In a time when brands are merely stamping their logo on a buckle, QED Style has maintained a premium on art and craftsmanship. All QED buckles are handcrafted and made-to-order. Soon customers will be able to select various colors of straps made of 100% genuine leather.

    For those looking to purchase QED Style apparel at their favorite course, you may be in luck soon. We are gaining accounts on a weekly basis and will be shipping product to some of the most prestigious courses in America this fall. If you believe QED Style would be a nice fit for your local course or club, feel free reach out to us. In the meantime, you may always order all apparel, buckles and accessories from our shopping page.  Remember, all online orders are guaranteed with free shipping and free returns!

    Forever Young Tournament Chooses QED

    While most people know Steve Young for his gridiron heroics, he has been equally impactful in his charitable work. In 1993, Steve Young founded the Forever Young Foundation as a vehicle to raise funds to help children who face physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Twenty years later, the Forever Young Foundation has grown to include many targeted charitable ventures both locally and abroad.

    Each year, the Forever Young Foundation holds four major fundraisers including the Steve Young Ski Classic, Dessert Classic, Mountain Classic and Bay Area Classic. QED Style is proud to announce that we will be the official apparel provider for the October 8th Steve Young/Jerry Rice Bay Area Classic.

    The Bay Area Classic will be held at the beautiful CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California. Tucked away in Northern CA wine country, CordeValle Resort is a breathtaking piece of landscape that offers world class golf, spa and dining. Opened in 1999, CordeValle was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and has since hosted a number of professional golf tournaments.

    The Bay Area Classic is an all day affair that includes lunch, golf, dinner and of course the opportunity to meet two of the greatest football players of all time. Not to mention, for those looking for some last minute tips, Hall of Fame golfer, Johnny Miller will be holding a golf clinic prior to the main event.

    While teeing it up with Steve Young and Jerry Rice is sure to be high on everyones list, the money being raised is the real story. Funds from The Bay Area Classic will go to further the work done by the 8 to 80 Zones, The Tech Museum and The Forever Young Foundation.

    The 8 to 80 Zones is a collaboration between Steve Young and Jerry Rice that focuses on providing training in technology and media for underserved communities. By giving young students the chance to get hands-on learning in software, radio, TV, and graphic design, the 8 to 80 Zones' goal is to afford kids the chance to gain the skills needed to pursue their career dreams.

    Similar to the 8 to 80 Zones, the Tech Museum is aimed at giving underprivileged kids the opportunity to explore science and technology. By giving students the chance take field trips and attend education programs, the Tech Museum is helping to improve the educational experience for the underserved.

    The Forever Young Bay Area Classic will be held Wednesday October 8th 2014. Show your #UnquestionableStyle by signing up as a participant or sponsor on the Forever Young website.

    QED Style to Exhibit at Las Vegas PGA EXPO

    We are pleased to announce that QED Style will be an exhibitor at the 2014 Las Vegas PGA Expo on August 18-20. Held at the Venetian Hotel, the convention will be our first national trade show. Fresh off a number of very successful regional  shows, we are excited to bring our brand to a wider audience.

    With the launch of our new 2014 line, composed of nine new golf polos and two new trousers and shorts, QED Style now offers a full range of apparel for the golfer who demands performance and fashion. The new line includes four new colors of our popular Logan Polo. Additionally, we have introduced a raglan sleeved polo named the Uinta Polo. The Uinta is available in mint, violet, white and bronze. Finally, we are absolutely thrilled with the response the our plaid Kamas polo. Yes, plaid, and it has been our #1 seller from day one.

    On the trousers and shorts side of the company, we have maintained our Alpine and Park City design but incorporated new, much lighter fabric than last year's models. Golfers who play in high heat will absolutly love these pants and shorts as they are both amazingly comfortable and incredibly functional. If you are planning on attending the 2014 PGA Expo please stop by boot #1008 or contact us to make an appointment.

    Interview with Andy Pope

    We recently sat down with QED Style team member Andy Pope to discuss the season, his favorite courses and what it is like to play in South America. This interview took place a day prior to the Rex Hospital Open, held at TPC Wakefield Plantation, where Andy would finish T29.

    We are about a third of the way through the season, how has it gone so far?

    Andy Pope: This year has been pretty good although I have not played as well as I wanted to. The biggest difference is that I knew I would be in the first 8 events which has has taken a little pressure off compared to years past when I had to play good right away just so I could reshuffle up. Plus, just knowing the courses, where to stay, where to eat has made it easier and more comfortable.

    The 1st part of the season takes place in Mexico and South America. What is it like to play outside of the US?

    Andy Pope: It can be a little tough with the language barrier, but the courses are good and it's fun to see different parts of the world. The biggest challenge is adjusting to the altitude because the ball travels so much farther.  Everyone plays the same course, so it benefits the guys who can make adjustments to their game.

    What are your favorite tour stops?

    Andy Pope: For sure the one we are at this week, TPC Wakefield. TPC Avondale is always a favorite of a lot of players but unfortunately it is not on the schedule this year. Omaha is great because it is one of the few places that really creates a PGA Tour-like atmosphere for the All in all, most of the courses do a great job of setting up the tournament and taking care of us. I guess my favorites are the TPC courses.

    What would you tell people who don't know much about the Tour?

    Andy Pope: That the players are just as good as the guys on the PGA Tour, and it's harder to make a cut. I doubt many people realize we just went from 60 and ties to 65 and ties, which is still less than the PGA Tour which takes 70 and ties. Hey, just look at all the past champions and past Major winners down here. You quickly realize how much talent is on the tour.

    So you are wearing a QED Style Holden Polo today. Is that your favorite QED shirt?

    Andy Pope: Yea, I wear this shirt a lot but my favorite is probably the Logan because it does so well in the heat. But hey, I have seen you guys have some new stuff around the corner so maybe there is a new favorite in there for me.

    Thanks and good luck out there.

    NOTE: Andy would go on to place T29 in this event and follow that up with a T35 at the Cleveland Open. Andy has now posted a T35 or higher finish in 4 of his 5 last starts. Andy will play this week at the Air Capital Classic in Wichita Kansas.